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Reclusive fitness guru Richard Simmons rushed to hospital for 'unusually strange' behaviour

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Published 05/06/2016 | 10:43

Richard Simmons attends the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
Richard Simmons attends the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
Fitness advocate Richard Simmons, wearing his signature shorts and tanktop, leads Capitol Hill staff and visitors through an exercise routine July 24, 2004 in Washington, DC
Richard Simmons attends the 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on November 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
Richard Simmons pumps up shoppers with the 'Cranergy Holiday Hustle' at the world's largest store, Macy's, Getty Images
Richard Simmons attends the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation's 24th Annual "A Time For Heroes" at Century Park on June 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for EGPAF)

Fitness guru Richard Simmons was reportedly rushed to hospital Friday night after exhibiting bizarre behaviour.

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The 67-year-old has sparked concern for his welfare in recent years, as he has entirely removed himself from the public spotlight in favour of spending time alone.

And according to TMZ, a visitor at his Hollywood Hills home became so unsettled by his "unusually strange" conduct on Friday, the guest was prompted to call 911 to seek help from emergency authorities.

Paramedics allegedly rushed to his residence, and upon arrival, the health professionals suggested Simmons be taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for evaluation, which he agreed to.

Richard Simmons attends the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation's 24th Annual
Richard Simmons attends the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation's 24th Annual "A Time For Heroes" at Century Park on June 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for EGPAF)

Los Angeles Fire Department representatives have confirmed to Entertainment Tonight paramedics did respond to a call placed from Simmons' home just before midnight, and a person at the residence was indeed taken to hospital in an ambulance, but they declined to reveal the individual's identity.

Although Simmons' representative has been contacted, it is unknown whether he is still receiving treatment at the medical centre.

Read more: Richard Simmons denies claims he's being held against his will by his maid: 'I am not kidnapped'

The exercise legend has not been seen in public for at least two years and his relative seclusion prompted The New York Daily News newspaper to launch an investigation into his whereabouts following reports suggesting he was being deliberately kept from his friends and family by his longtime live-in housekeeper Teresa Reveles.

Richard Simmons attends the 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on November 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
Richard Simmons attends the 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on November 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)

After the paper published their findings in an article in March, Simmons slammed the piece, telling Entertainment Tonight during a phone interview the write-up was "very hurtful".

"I am not kidnapped," he insisted in a chat that took place the same month the article was published. "I am just in my house right now. No one should be worried about me. The people that surround me are wonderful people who take great care of me.

"I love all the people who worry about me. But it was time for me to take some time to be by myself. This is how I want to live my life right now.

And to all the people that are worried about me, please don't be. If I was in any trouble, if I was hurting in any way, I would reach out. It is time right now for Richard Simmons to take care of Richard Simmons."

Fitness advocate Richard Simmons, wearing his signature shorts and tanktop, leads Capitol Hill staff and visitors through an exercise routine July 24, 2004 in Washington, DC
Fitness advocate Richard Simmons, wearing his signature shorts and tanktop, leads Capitol Hill staff and visitors through an exercise routine July 24, 2004 in Washington, DC

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